A man received a phone call from his grandson to wish him a happy birthday. In the course of the conversation, the boy asked, “Just how old are you?” The man replied, “I’m 62.” There was silence for a moment before the boy spoke: “Did you start at 1?”
Life isn’t always measured by length of years but by experiences. A little girl was quizzing her grandmother about how things were when she grew up. Grandma responded: “We used to skate outside on a frozen pond during the winter. I had a swing my dad made out of an old tire; it hung in the front yard from a big oak tree. We rode a pony our grandfather bought for us. We would go out to the woods and pick wild raspberries and blackberries.” The girl listened in wild-eyed amazement, trying to take all this in. At last she said, “I sure wish I’d gotten to know you sooner.”
Some people do their best stuff later in life. Some start early. Some find their rhythm somewhere along the way. Susan Boyle at 48 was an unknown until she stepped on the stage of “Britain’s Got Talent” reality TV show. She sang: “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables and brought the house down. She launched her singing career that night. Laura Ingalls Wilder, of “Little House in the Big Woods” fame, didn’t publish her first book until she was 64. Grandma Moses didn’t start to paint until she was 76.
The Bible is full of stories about men and women whose accomplishments exhibit the possibilities of time – not chronos, time measured by seconds, minutes, hours, or years, but kairos, time that refers to opportunity or the right moment. What time is it for you?
Moses was 80 when God called him to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. Caleb was 85 when he asked to be given the hill country in Canaan. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were young men when they refused to bow before Nebuchadnezzar. Esther was a young woman when she became queen. Joseph was 17 when his world was turned upside down. Jesus was 12 when He amazed the teachers and scribes at the Temple.
So, just how old are you? And what are you going to do with the rest of your life?